What is the best way to get water stains off a finished wood surface?

What is the best way to get water stains off a finished wood surface?

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  1. There are a number of ways to go about doing this depending on how bad the stains are. For lighter stains you would need to get the moisture out by either letting it air dry or using a source of heat. For serious water damage you’d need to sand the table down and use some sort of filler and refinish the affected area. The spots originate from water reacting with the resins in the wood and the wood stain that was used to finish the surface.

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  2. If the stain is black, like from a potted plant sitting on an oak floor, you can use oxalic acid in water to soak the stain and letting this dry to remove the stain. It may require several treatments. After the stain is removed, saturate one more time with borax to neutralize the acid. When completely dry you can lightly sand to remove any raised grain and refinish to match the original finish.
    You can purchase oxalic acid from a chemical store or perhaps contained in another product from a home improvement store. If you find your trip to the home imporovement store confusing, you’ll find a product made by Liberon that is available on-line from Tools for Working Wood (http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/Merchant/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=toolshop&Product_Code=LB-0210.XX&Category_Code=TFR).

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  3. If the stain is white, that means that moisture has not penetrated the finish but is trapped at its surface. Since it has not penetrated, you just need to dry/draw the water out. This method worked for me:

    If wet, wipe the wood dry completely
    Place a clean, dry cloth over the stain
    Iron the spot for a 5-10 seconds with the iron on the lowest heat setting
    Lift the cloth and inspect the stain. Also, touch the wood and make sure it’s not getting so hot that the finish might be damaged.

    Repeat steps 2-4 until the stain is gone (mine took 15-20 iterations)
    Worked like a charm for me on some cup stains on my wooden coffee table. Supposedly this can work even if the stain has been there for a very long time.

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  4. Hello. The are annoying are they not. This might sound a bit odd but ashes.try rubbing a little bit of ashes on the spots. Not an ashcan full.just a springle and rub them in. Give it a sec or two then cjean normally. Some will be removed. Although we have all seen antique table with theclassis ring. The last resort sant table to the grain and stain.Much luck to you!
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    Victor Allen’s

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  5. Robert shared a good video…
    I also like using Murphy’s oil soap. Plus look in the cleaning supply section of any store and you will likely find multiple products… just read and follow the instructions carefully.

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  6. Hello. The are annoying are they not. This might sound a bit odd but ashes.try rubbing a little bit of ashes on the spots. Not an ashcan full.just a springle and rub them in. Give it a sec or two then cjean normally. Some will be removed. Although we have all seen antique table with theclassis ring. The last resort sant table to the grain and stain.Much luck to you!

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  7. Do you have to get a really good cleaner restore or antique wood restorer Or you could just send it and refinish it or buy a new table coasters would help for the next time that happens or it won’t happen if you have coasters the TV tables

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  8. Baking Soda : Make a paste of 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 tsp water. Gently rub the paste onto the spot with the mark in a circular motion until the mark disappears. Do not use too much water.
    Petroleum Jelly : Apply petroleum jelly on the mark and let it sit overnight. Wipe the watermark away the following morning with the jelly.
    Toothpaste : Take a soft cloth and gently rub some non-gel toothpaste on the mark. Wipe it off after with a damp cloth. Let the wood dry and then apply furniture polish. For deep cleaning, mix equal parts of white toothpaste and baking soda into a paste. Rub this paste in the parallel direction to the wood grain then wipe it off. Polish it with lemon oil.
    Salt : Mix 1 tsp of salt with a few drops of water. Rub this paste gently onto the watermark with a soft cloth or a sponge. Rub it until it’s gone. Apply furniture polish.
    Car Wax : If regular furniture polish fails, you can use a dab of car wax. Trace the water ring with a finger to apply the car wax. Let it dry and then buff up with a soft cloth.
    Vinegar : Mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil. Apply the mixture on the spot with a soft cloth. Move with the wood grain direction. Shine it up with a clean cloth.

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  9. Baking Soda: Make a paste of 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 tsp water. Gently rub the paste onto the spot with the mark in a circular motion until the mark disappears. Do not use too much water.
    Petroleum Jelly: Apply petroleum jelly on the mark and let it sit overnight. Wipe the watermark away the following morning with the jelly.
    Toothpaste: Take a soft cloth and gently rub some non-gel toothpaste on the mark. Wipe it off after with a damp cloth. Let the wood dry and then apply furniture polish. For deep cleaning, mix equal parts of white toothpaste and baking soda into a paste. Rub this paste in the parallel direction to the wood grain then wipe it off. Polish it with lemon oil.
    Salt: Mix 1 tsp of salt with a few drops of water. Rub this paste gently onto the watermark with a soft cloth or a sponge. Rub it until it’s gone. Apply…

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  10. The good news is that the damage is to the finish, not the wood itself (see Water Mark Damage To Wood Furniture & Its Finish ). The bad news is that doesn’t make it much any easier to fix. Personally, I’ve had some success with Howard’s Restor A Finish products ( Wood Polish, Wax & Furniture Restoration Products ) which you can usually find at a local antique store. There are other similar products on the market. My experience is that if a product like Howards doesn’t work, you’ll need to strip & refinish the wood (and that it is difficult to match the coloring exactly).

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  11. If the rings are just on the surface and not too deep, try a hot clothes iron. Place a dampened towel over the stain then place the hot iron on it. Let it steam for 5 seconds then remove and check the results. You can use a hair drier too bu you risk over heating the finish if your not careful. Repeat as needed until it is gone. You tube has a lot of ideas but I usually use this method for stains and dents as well.

    Eight O’Clock

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  12. If the wood is covered with a varnish or ther clear coating, you are pretty much stuck with having to sand to bare wood to clean it up. If the wood is uncoated, you can try some wood cleaning compounds like Teka A and B or plain old bleach.

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  13. The only way to ensure you get rid of it, is to sand the surface down till it’s completely gone. If the material is a veneer, you’re screwed. If it’s solid wood, you’re good.

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  14. Oxalic Acid will take out water stains, but you have to be careful with it because it will also lighten any wood stain, and wood dyes. Bar Keepers Friend is a good start. Bed Bath and Beyond sells Teak Cleaner, which is Oxalic Acid, that’s a little stronger than Bar Keepers Friend. BTW I took a Water/Wine Stain out of a Walnut Coffee table, that had a Walnut Stain or Dye on it. I used Watco Danish Oil with a Walnut Stain or Dye?? in it. I applied it with 00 Steelwool, and was. able to blend the wood color back to the rest of the table. Waited two weeks, applied about 7 coats of Laquer using 000 Steelwool on the final coats to blend it all in.

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